[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 43 (Tuesday, March 7, 2017)]
[Pages 12849-12850]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-04367]



Office of the Secretary

Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB 
Review; Comment Request; Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Department of Labor (DOL) is submitting the Bureau of 
Labor Statistics (BLS) sponsored information collection request (ICR) 
revision titled, ``Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses,'' to 
the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval for 
use in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995. 
Public comments on the ICR are invited.

DATES: The OMB will consider all written comments that agency receives 
on or before April 6, 2017.

ADDRESSES: A copy of this ICR with applicable supporting documentation; 
including a description of the likely respondents, proposed frequency 
of response, and estimated total burden may be obtained free of charge 
from the RegInfo.gov Web site at http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAViewICR?ref_nbr=201701-1220-001 (this link will only become active 
on the day following publication of this notice) or by contacting 
Michel Smyth by telephone at 202-693-4129, TTY 202-693-8064, (these are 
not toll-free numbers) or sending an email to [email protected].
    Submit comments about this request by mail or courier to the Office 
of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attn: OMB Desk Officer for DOL-
BLS Office of Management and Budget, Room 10235, 725 17th Street NW., 
Washington, DC 20503; by Fax: 202-395-5806 (this is not a toll-free 
number); or by email: [email protected]. Commenters are 
encouraged, but not required, to send a courtesy copy of any comments 
by mail or courier to the U.S. Department of Labor--OASAM, Office of 
the Chief Information Officer, Attn: Departmental Information 
Compliance Management Program, Room N1301, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., 
Washington, DC 20210; or by email: [email protected].

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Contact Michel Smyth by telephone at 
202-693-4129, TTY 202-693-8064, (these are not toll-free numbers) or 
sending an email to [email protected].

    Authority:  44 U.S.C. 3507(a)(1)(D).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This ICR seeks approval under the PRA for 
revisions to the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) 
information collection. The SOII is the primary indicator of the 
Nation's progress in providing every working man and woman safe and 
healthful working conditions. The survey measures the overall rate of 
work injuries and illnesses by industry. Survey data are also used to 
evaluate the effectiveness of Federal and State programs and to 
prioritize scarce resources. Respondents include employers who maintain 
related records in accordance with the Occupational Safety and Health 
Act (OSH Act) and employers who are normally exempt from such 
recordkeeping. Each year a sample of exempt employers is required to 
keep records and participate in the survey. This information collection 
is classified as a revision, because of the addition of a one-time 
pilot test entitled the Household Survey of Occupational Injuries and 
Illnesses (HSOII) to this information collection. The BLS will use 
HSOII Pilot Test data collected to (1) test the feasibility of 
collecting occupational injuries and illness from workers directly: (2) 
To estimate the burden of occupational injuries and illnesses in the 
U.S.; and (3) to compare against occupational injury and illness 
estimates from the SOII at the national level and for broad industries 
and occupations. OSH Act section 24(a) authorizes this information 
collection. See 29 U.S.C. 673.
    This information collection is subject to the PRA. A Federal agency 
generally cannot conduct or sponsor a collection of information, and 
the public is generally not required to respond to an information 
collection, unless it is approved by the OMB under the PRA and displays 
a currently valid OMB Control Number. In addition, notwithstanding any 
other provisions of law, no person shall generally be subject to 
penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information that 
does not display a valid Control Number. See 5 CFR 1320.5(a) and 
1320.6. The DOL obtains OMB approval for this information collection 
under Control Number 1220-0045. The current approval is scheduled to 
expire on December 31, 2018; however, the DOL notes that existing 
information collection requirements submitted to the OMB receive a 
month-to-month extension while they undergo review. New requirements 
would only take effect upon OMB approval. For additional substantive 
information about this ICR, see the related notice published in the 
Federal Register on May 19, 2016 (81 FR 31666).
    Interested parties are encouraged to send comments to the OMB, 
Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the address shown in 
the ADDRESSES section within thirty (30) days of publication of this 
notice in the Federal Register. In order to help ensure appropriate 
consideration, comments should mention OMB Control Number 1220-0045. 
The OMB is particularly interested in comments that:
     Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is 
necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, 
including whether the information will have practical utility;
     Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the 
burden of the proposed collection of information, including the 
validity of the methodology and assumptions used;
     Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and
     Minimize the burden of the collection of information on 
those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate 
automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection 
techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting 
electronic submission of responses.
    Agency: DOL-BLS.
    Title of Collection: Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses.
    OMB Control Number: 1220-0045.
    Affected Public: State, Local, and Tribal Governments; Private 
Sector--businesses or other for-profits, farms, and not-for-profit 
    Total Estimated Number of Respondents: 240,550.
    Total Estimated Number of Responses: 240,550.
    Total Estimated Annual Time Burden: 311,644 hours.
    Total Estimated Annual Other Costs Burden: $0.

    Dated: March 1, 2017.
Michel Smyth,
Departmental Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 2017-04367 Filed 3-6-17; 8:45 am]